V-weave it!

V Scarf Cowl

V Scarf Cowl

 A newly developed class is now scheduled for March at Silk Road Textiles.  This new shape is a circular (sort of) scarf that has a V-shaped edge created by weaving the fringe from the beginning of the scarf into the end.  There are a few tricky bits, but I have some great tips to make it easier.  You must have had prior rigid heddle weaving experience or a class before taking this one.  Fortunately, we have just added new beginning classes to the schedule at Silk Road Textiles in addition to the one I am teaching at the Art Barn in Mariemont. If you are interested in learning how to weave, check them out!

New Year, New You

Or new me actually!  Since I have branched out from just teaching knitting into other fiber arts, I have taken the leap on branding my small business as a fiber arts studio and taken the name Measured Threads.  This process has taken a few days to make the switch and I still have more to do, but am up and running.  I had a deadline of today so that I could hopefully make the submission date for the next  Mariemont Town Crier.  I will be teaching my Scarf in a Day Class at “The Barn” as its known in Mariemont on Monday, February 23 from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and needed to be ready to accept registrations and payments for the class on this website.

The migration of the content from theknttingteacher.com to measuredthreads.com was pretty simple thanks to the folks at my web host, but when I updated the template I was using to the new version last night, it broke the website and I was up very late sorting it out.  So, I chose a different template with a new look and am working on all the formatting issues and checking content for broken links, so if something doesn’t work, please let me know!

So I am still working on new a new logo and getting business cards, but for now, this is the NEW ME!

V is for Victory!

v cowl

I have woven a new style of scarf/cowl that I saw recently other places on the internet.  I cobbled together some hints and tips and was very successful weaving it.  You leave some unwoven warp at the beginning of the warp, weave for the desired length minus the width, then unwind and untie the beginning and weave the fringe in as the weft at the end.  I hemstitched up the side as I wove in the fringe and across the end when I was finished.  I can wrap it twice around my neck and I like to wear it with the fringe off the v cowl2shoulder.

In my opinion, a nice aran or light bulky weight variegated yarn makes a lovely cowl.  I think a plain solid, heather or semisolid would look great too.  I don’t care for the plaid you get if you use a striped warp.  The rigid heddle loom is the ideal tool for this.  I think it would be trickier on a table or floor loom.  I call it a V-cowl and I plan on teaching a class on how to make it at the Weavers Guild after the first of the year. Check back in a couple weeks to see the detail.

 

Class is Now in Session!

Stripes and FloatsThe fringe is twisted and the sample scarf is washed and dried.  The class to weave a Stripes and Floats Scarf is scheduled for Saturday,  May 31 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. AND Sunday June 8 from noon to 1 p.m.  This class will expand your rigid heddle weaving skills by introducing a more complicated threading to direct warp using an uneven number of ends in the stripes and creating texture in the fabric by using pick-up to create warp floats on one side and weft floats on the other. You will also learn how to hemstitch at the beginning and end of the project.  Still don’t have your own rigid heddle loom?  No problem there, the class fee includes the use of one of my Cricket Looms for the week.  Contact Silk Road Textiles to register.

Floats and Stripes

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scarf warp

I’m direct warping my Cricket rigid heddle loom for a new scarf class at Silk Road Textiles with shimmery, summery yarns of Bee Sweet Bamboo (the pink) and a cotton/viscose blend called Tandem by Tahki Yarns (the variegated). I can’t wait to see how it turns out!

The warp is a little tricky to make since we are doubling some ends and have some odd numbers.  We’ll also I be weaving it up with the Tandem as weft and using a pick up stick for some warp floats along the way to accent the pink bamboo.   Look for it in May or early June!  I’ll let you know when the date is finalized.